The cruise line joined the Green Marine environmental certification programme last year, claiming to be the first international cruise company to do so.
Green Marine environmental certification programme
Green Marine Europe’s framework addresses several priority areas relating to the environment, with eight performance indicators within those. These assess, on a scale of one to five, the practices and technologies that have a direct impact on the environment.
Ponant achieved an average 4.5 out of 5 and level 5 (leadership and excellence) for six of the eight indicators. The line also received 5/5 for ‘ship recycling’ - a new category introduced this year.
The technologies that are measured
Underwater noise, pollutant air emissions (SOxa and PM,) greenhouse gas emissions (CO2,) invasive aquatic species and management of residues and oily discharges are among the practices and technologies that are measured.